The Guppy Gameby: Margaret Blattner, Barbara Hug, Patrick Watson, and Donna Korol

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The Guppy Game models the balance between the pressures of natural selection and sexual selection. While playing the game, students learn science content in an interactive, student-driven manner.

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  • on Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:33 PM

This lesson is a nice example of a model showing both natural and sexual selection. Students should play several rounds so they can create a more realistic model of what occurs in the wild and other habitats where one would find guppies. After playing, students interpret their data and use evidence to support their argument. Cards and scoresheets as well as a detailed lesson plan can be found at in the curriculum unit--Do you see what I see? It can be used as a part of this unit or as a stand alone lesson.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:04 PM

The Guppy Game is an engaging inquiry activity designed to teach natural selection and the trade off between trying to attract a mate and trying to avoid predation. Students will need to cite evidence to support their claims explaining how habitat affects genetic drift in populations over time. The website (Project Neuron) contains all the data recording sheets and game cards available for download.

Patricia  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)

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